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Managing abnormal liver blood tests in older people

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James FrithORCiD, Professor Julia NewtonORCiD


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The prevalence of chronic liver disease is increasing in older people. The presentation of these diseases is often asymptomatic or nonspecific, so they easily go undiagnosed. Investigating the older person who has abnormal liver function is important in primary care, and the same vigilance should he applied to an older person as to a young person, even with mild abnormalities. Referral for specialist opinion in appropriate older people provides important diagnostic and prognostic information. Treatment options are similar for all age groups. Morbidity and age-adjusted mortality are often more severe in older people; therefore, early diagnosis and intervention are important.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Frith J, Newton J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geriatrics and Aging

Year: 2009

Volume: 12

Issue: 6

Pages: 295-300

ISSN (print): 1488-8408

ISSN (electronic): 1488-8416

Publisher: Geriatrics and Aging